Jul 30, 2011 3:00pm PDT
a pretty scathing piece for politico in which you compared the tea party to the taliban. is that going a bit far? >> i was trying to point out that they're inflexible. the taliban, as you know, blew up centuries old statues of buddha because they wanted to be religiously pure, just as the tea party has threatened to bring down the government economically by not agreeing to raising the debt ceiling unless they get 100% of what they want. that's not realistic. no one gets 100% in this world except maybe some extremists like the taliban. we don't do 100% in this country and no one -- they should stop holding out for everything that they originally wanted and agree and declare victory. they've won quite a bit. >> rick: david, as you surveyed the gop landscape heading into 2012, how has the tea party changed the picture for republicans and is it for the better? >> it's for the better from a point that we are finally talking about fiscal responsibility again in this country. we're finally talking about doing the things to get the economy going in the right direction, which under barak obama
Jul 29, 2011 6:55pm PDT
they wanted to stay in power. now the pakistani taliban who in the eyes of pakistan are are the bad -- extremists, they have turned against the pakistani state. >> jon: so there are even a spectrum even within the extremist world. >> jakes. >> yeah jrz i think we all know how dangerous they can be. the wars of afghanistan. it's on book shelves now. or you can just make it into a book shelf. it peter tomsen.
Jul 30, 2011 1:00am EDT
have been over there to try to wipe out al qaeda and the taliban, which has been in league with al qaeda. we have been over there losing american lives and spending american taxpayer dollars to protect our country from another 9/11. to say that we're going to c $1 trillion in the future over the next ten years when we aren't placing the emphasis on what are the conditions on the ground is not sound policy and it's certainly not sound national security policy. so that's illusy. and then the other parts of the cuts that i think are very hard to decipher are cutting waste, fraud and abuse, which we all want t do, but we don't have the guarantee of those cuts. so i think it is important for us to look at the cuts and try to make sure that if we're going to raise the debt ceiling, we raise it only the amount ofhe actual cuts that we can produce. in the majority leader's -- majority leader reid's legislation, there is a joint committee. there is also one in the boehner bill. but in the majority leader's legislation, the committee has to report but its product doesn't have to be passed an